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August 28, 2013 MLanzaGla4-057

Featured Photo Gallery: Backpacking Glacier National Park

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Do you have plans for a late-summer adventure? This is an ideal time of year to hike Glacier National Park: There are fewer people, and nice weather often lasts into September. Check out this gallery of photos from a backpacking trip of a lifetime in northern Glacier, then read my story about it, including more photos and tips for planning this classic trek.

 

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July 17, 2013 Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail, Glacier National Park.

Featured Photo Gallery: Dayhiking Glacier National Park

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Waterfalls, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain views that don’t seem real, and the occasional grizzly or black bear (preferably seen at a safe distance)–you owe it to yourself to hike in Montana’s Glacier National Park. While it’s a backpacker’s paradise, there are countless great dayhikes there, as you’ll see in this photo gallery below. Continue reading →

September 4, 2012 MLanzaGla4-057

Descending the Food Chain: Backpacking Glacier National Park’s Northern Loop

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By Michael Lanza

Never mind that it was the seventh straight bluebird morning of backpacking in mountains that constantly look surreal, like a painted mural backdrop in a movie. It didn’t matter that the trip had been a parade of wildlife. We even forgot about the heaviness in our legs from 15-mile days.

The menacing snarl piercing the silence seized our full attention. Continue reading →

September 27, 2011 Gla5-49 Nate and Alex, Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier NP copy

Jagged Peaks, Mountain Lakes, and Wild Goats: A 3-day Hike on Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

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By Michael Lanza

We’re just seconds beyond the sign at the start of the Gunsight Pass Trail that reads “Entering Grizzly Country” when Nate, who’s a month shy of his tenth birthday, begins aggressively making the case for why he should be armed.

“Why can’t I carry a pepper spray?” he asks me—again and again.

It’s an idyllic, late-summer afternoon in the Northern Rockies—the sun shining warmly, a gently cooling breeze rippling the air, not a white speck of moisture in the sky. We are heading out on a three-day family backpacking trip to Gunsight Pass in Montana’s Glacier National Park. Continue reading →

June 10, 2010 Gla4-113 Highline Trail, Glacier NP

5 Perfect (Big) Days in Glacier National Park

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By Michael Lanza

The morning sun wouldn’t make the climb over Mt. Grinnell and find its way into the valley of Swiftcurrent Creek for a couple of hours yet, so we hiked quickly without breaking a sweat in the chilly air. No one else was on the popular Swiftcurrent Pass Trail when we set out shortly after dawn, and this trail was new to us; so it felt like we were the first people to walk into this small but spectacular little crease in the mountains of Glacier National Park. Continue reading →